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“I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.” 


Who has the keys to your home?  Who has the keys to your car?  Who has the keys to access your checking or debit account (your account number/ID/passwords)?  Whoever they are, they are people you trust!


In today’s Gospel, Jesus gives his keys to St. Peter, our first pope.  This is HUGE!!  God is telling us – I want you to have access to my house, to my treasure chest, to my everything!  He gives us this access through St. Peter and his successors.  Some think this applied to St. Peter alone – but thank God that is not true!  Otherwise, this access to heaven would have been closed at the martyrdom of Pope St. Peter. 


God does not like to work alone.  He wants us to work with him.  This is why Adam had a job from the very beginning – “The LORD God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it” (Gen 2, 15).  We are called to the dignity of labor, for we are co-workers in God’s vineyard. 


God loves us and wants us to love Him in return.  This love is never forced.  In the same way, He wants us to work with him.  He does not save us without our permission.  That’s why St. Paul wrote to the Church of Philippi, “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil 2, 12).  We need to work with God. 


God gave us the Church as our means of working with Him.  When we are in the heart of the Church and listening to her and obeying her, then we are working with God for our salvation.  The Church has the keys and therefore the power to bind and to loose both on earth and in heaven.  Let us work with her that we may let loose into the world the saving love of Jesus Christ!


St. Patick's Parish Misssion StatementSt. Patick's Parish Misssion Statement

The Mission of St. Patrick’s Catholic Community is to proclaim and to live the Gospel message of unconditional love, healing and reconciliation through prayer, celebration and action on behalf of justice as a sign of hope for all God’s people.

“…Jesus also sent his apostles and disciples on a mission – to preach the Gospel, the good news that Jesus was and is the Messiah. Just like Jesus they preached the coming of the kingdom. In that way the disciples and apostles gathered people into a new family, a family that we know today as the Church.”

Living Our Catholicism . . . That Our Joy May Be Complete by Bishop J. Terry Steib, SVD (page 20)


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St. Patrick's Catholic Church was founded in 1866 in the location it stands today, at the corner of Fourth and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue (formerly Linden Ave.)

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